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Human-Animal Bond Resources

Information and resources on the Human-Animal Bond. Last updated: 2/7/24.


This guide provides information on the Human-Animal Bond and highlights some of the most frequently used print and electronic resources on this topic. Topics covered include, but are not limited to, Animal-Assisted Therapy, Benefits of Owning an Animal, Pet Loss and Grief, Legal Aspects, and Service Animals.

If you have questions or need further assistance please contact Andrea Kepsel, Animal Sciences Librarian, at

What is the Human-Animal Bond?

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) defines the Human-Animal Bond as "a mutually beneficial and dynamic relationship between people and animals that is influenced by behaviors that are essential to the health and well-being of both."